SMART makes its Super Liga debut while Foton guns for a share of the lead in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
The Giga Hitters face Cocolife at 4:15 p.m. followed by the clash between the Tornadoes and Cignal in the 7 p.m. match.
Former Army stars Patricia Torres, Tin Agno, Genie Sabas and Jeanie Delos Santos are seeing action for Smart along with former La Salle star Maureen Penetrante-Ouano and former Adamson playmaker Janet Serafica.
The Giga Hitters also have rising stars Cherilyn Sidayen, LaRainne Fabay and Roselle Urriza, with Cuba’s Gyselle Silva and Serbia’s Marija Jelic as imports.
“We may be new, but we’re going to be a fighting team,” said Ronald Dulay, who served as assistant coach of Generika-Ayala last year.
The Tornadoes, with playmaker Gyzelle Sy, middle blocker Gen Casugod, Brooke Kranda of the US, Elizabeth Wendel of Canada and star spiker Dindin Manabat, beat Generika-Ayala in four sets in their season-opening match and look to join Petron (2-0) on top of the leaderboard.
“Having a strong start is always a major advantage,” said Rommel Abella, who won three titles in the Premier Volleyball League last year.
“That’s why I keep on telling the team to go all out against Cocolife on Tuesday.”
The HD Spikers, led by import Jeane Horton and Sonja Milanovic, are looking to bounce back from a four-set loss to the Blaze Spikers.